Demri Layne 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $9

Best Buy! The expanding Claar Wine Group in Pasco, Wash., launched this consumer-priced line last year from their remarkable combination of newlywed winemaker Joe Hudon working with their estate White Bluffs Vineyard, which are Salmon-Safe and harvested Oct. 13 at less than 22 Brix. The nose is akin to walking through an orchard with hints of pear and Granny Smith apple, but there’s also a tropical note with lime zest. It’s much more tropical on the palate with hints of papaya, orange and Juicy Fruit Gum, yet there’s a good balance to the 2.0% residual sugar with lemony acidity and pleasing bitterness. Hudon projects the petrol notes to emerge in 2-3 years, and the wines are distributed in Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,028 cases

Alcohol: 12.1%

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Author: Noble Riesling

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